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GES REFUSAL TO RECRUIT GRADUATES FROM ACCREDITED PRIVATE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION.

The Principal of the Saint Ambrose College of Education, Rev. Fr. George Kyeremeh has expressed concerned about the Ghana Education Service’s (GES) refusal to recruit graduates from accredited private Colleges of Education. Rev. Fr. Kyeremeh made this concern during the media soiree held at the College premises at Dormaa Akwamu in the Dormaa East District. He said the St. Ambrose College of Education is duly accredited by the National Accreditation Board; it’s also under the patronage of the National Council for Tertiary Education and GES as well as mentored by the Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast (UCC) examining body. Rev. Fr. Kyeremeh revealed in 2014, the GES assisted the School to post the 2014 graduates to five regions, namely Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Volta and Western region. He appealed to the GES to consider posting the graduates of 2012 and 2013. He continued that several attempts and efforts have been made to get their graduates posted, but any time the school tries, they face the problem of embargo. Rev. Fr. Kyeremeh was worried that the situation has affected the admission of students as the number of admission reduced from 150 to 45 students. He was equally worried that although it is the UCC that issues certificates to graduates and also give them Teacher’s Registered Numbers which are embossed on their certificates to prove they are teachers by profession, he could not understand why their graduates are not being posted. According to him, some graduates continued to threaten staff on phones and others visit them in their offices to harass them claiming they are unable to get employed after schooling at St. Ambrose College of Education. The Principal noted that GES treats graduates from private Colleges of Education differently, saying, they do not receive government allowance. Giving a brief history of the college, he explained that it is a private college of education established by the Catholic Diocese of Sunyani in November, 2009, adding that, the college offers a three-year Diploma in Basic Education programme that trains generalist teachers for both Primary and Junior High Schools. One of the second year students who spoke with Develop Ghana Newspaper, appealed to educational stakeholders, cooperate bodies and all those in position of influence to assist the college to get postings after graduation.
 Source: Biiya Mukusah Ali/newspaper.developghana.com  
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